Bloodwood Creek is the pilot site for Carbon Energy’s first trial to commercialise its proprietary Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) keyseam® technology. Site selection and geological modelling assessment were used to select the location for the trial site which also meets the Company’s resource requirements and economic evaluation. In addition, its location away from prime agricultural land and well clear of good quality aquifers meet Carbon Energy's environmental and social responsibility criteria.
In September 2011, Carbon Energy successfully demonstrated a core component of the Company’s keyseam UCG technology by proving automation of its Controlled Retractable Injection Point (CRIP). Typically UCG relies on manual intervention which interferes with gas quality and consistency affecting downstream processing. Carbon Energy’s automated CRIP is a major breakthrough in UCG development making Carbon Energy’s syngas ideal for the entire suite of end uses including the production of fertilisers, explosives, synthetic natural gas, electricity and liquid fuels.
In February 2012, Carbon Energy became the first Australian company to export power generated by syngas into a commercial electricity grid from its UCG facility at Bloodwood Creek. The Company successfully exported electricity to Ergon Energy Corporation Ltd’s local electricity grid, up to the limit of 1.5MW/as permitted under the Environmental Authority.
In March 2012, the Company achieved Proof of Concept for its keyseam technology through the operational lifecycle from panel construction and gasification through to the export of electricity. In achieving Proof of Concept the Company demonstrated (see ASX Announcement):